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  • 6 Dec 2016
    • Global life insurance sector will continue to contend with low rates and high market volatility in 2017
      Persistently low interest rates, rising financial markets volatility and legislative changes have moved the outlook on the global life insurance sector to negative from stable. Despite the post-US election bump in yields, historically low interest rates continue to depress investment returns and profitability, pushing insurers to take greater asset risks. Elevated geopolitical risks in 2017 are likely to drive financial markets volatility, while multiple legislative changes would disrupt sales. M&A will continue in 2017... Full Report
  • 1 Dec 2016
    • Bank of England stress test highlights overall resilience of largest UK financial institutions, despite legacy tail risk
      The results of the Bank of England's annual stress test of the UK's seven largest banks and building societies, published Wednesday, show that the domestically focused UK banking sector has generally improved resilience to a UK stress scenario. However, these institutions, particularly The Royal Bank of Scotland Group, Barclays and Standard Chartered, still exhibit weaknesses in their global exposures, trading books and conduct and litigation risk... Full Report
  • 22 Nov 2016
    • Greece banking system outlook balances improved funding and profitability prospects against high problem loans
      We have changed the outlook on the Greek banking system to stable from negative to reflect our expectation that banks’ funding and profitability will begin to normalize from a very weak base. Against a backdrop of still sizeable problem loans and scarce lending opportunities, banks should return to marginal profitability over the next 12-18 months, bringing an end to five years of consecutive losses... Full Report l Press Release
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